The LF Canlife Global Equity Fund has been managed by Mike Willans, Head of International Equities, with the support of the Canada Life Investment’s international equities team since January 2004. Mike adopts a macro-driven process, keeping a close eye on economic indicators. This includes determining the relative cyclical, growth or defensive bias of the Fund within the regional matrix.
Globally, government bond yields have remained incredibly low, despite the cyclical pick-up we have seen in economic growth in recent times. Nowhere is this more evident than the Eurozone, which continues to post strong economic data. We believe bond markets need to catch up with the fundamental reality.
In 2016, we timed the portfolio shifts of the CF Canlife Global Equity and CF Canlife North American funds very well, rotating our overweights into the more value areas of the market as economic indicators – such as the Citigroup Economic Surprise Index – began to suggest that consensus views were too bearish.
The underlying economic environment influences us all on a daily basis, whether we like it or not. Our personal finances are affected by interest rates, job prospects by economic growth and how much we can spend by inflation. The ‘real economy’ therefore has an undeniable impact on the stocks in which we invest. Understanding that impact, and positioning the CF Canlife Global Equity Fund to benefit from changes in the macro outlook, is crucial.